FEECA 2019 Toolkit

Background

We have a once every-5-year opportunity to reset energy conservation goals for Florida’s largest utilities. Goals are set every five years for a 10-year period by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). Higher goals mean a broader scale of energy efficiency programs provided to customers. Efficiency programs are especially important for low- to moderate-income customers. The goals were gutted in 2014 by the PSC at the request of  utility companies, and unfortunately, the goals proposed this time by the utilities are even worse. Gulf Power, JEA, and OUC have proposed energy savings goals of zero. FPL’s goal is as close to zero as the utility can get.

Read SACE’s blog here

Florida is already well below national and Southeast averages for energy savings (helping customers reduce energy waste through energy efficiency programs). It is almost at the bottom of state rankings for energy efficiency performance – capturing only 0.13% savings as a percentage of annual sales.

SACE’S 2018 Energy Efficiency Report ACEEE 2018 Energy Efficiency Scorecard (pg. 28)

Goals

1. The PSC must set meaningful goals. Peer utilities in other Southeastern states, such as North Carolina and Arkansas, show that we can capture up to 1.5% energy savings every year.
SACE testimony

2. With a low-income population totaling more than 5 million individuals (36.8%) across the utilities’ service territories, and the prevalence of high energy burdens that cause financial vulnerability, the PSC should also target a portion of the goal specifically for low-income customers.
SACE testimony 

Updated Timeline

April 12th – Utilities submitted direct testimony
June 10th – Intervenors’ testimony due
July 9th/12th – SACE Blog, Action Letter to PSC, Action Alert to FL lists

July 22nd – Pre-hearing statement
August 8th – SACE email press to notify of hearing
Aug 12-16th – PSC hearings
September – Briefs due

October 24 – Staff recommendation on FEECA goals
November 5 – Commission decision expected

Messaging

ZERO IS NOT A GOAL, (NEITHER IS CLOSE TO ZERO)

Audience

  1. Floridians who want to save money on bills

Florida’s largest utilities already badly trail leading utilities in the Southeast and throughout the nation in delivering energy savings to customers. Leading states in our region invest in energy efficiency because it is the cheapest, cleanest, and fastest way to reduce demand for energy, which in turn reduces bills for all customers. Why would we abandon it?

Floridians already pay the 8th highest electricity bills in the country, and yet the utilities are doing their least to help hard-working families reduce energy use and save money on their bills. Let’s not leave energy savings on the table.

The lack of meaningful energy savings goals will result in unnecessarily higher bills for hard working families in Florida.

2. Floridians who distrust their utility (utilities want more money)

There they go again, abandoning customers who want to lower their bills. In 2014, the state’s largest power companies gutted energy efficiency goals that help hard working families reduce energy use and save money on bills, and this time they want to bury them once and for all.

Poor energy savings goals help company shareholders, not customers.

3. Floridians who value environmental protection

Energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest and cleanest way to tackle the challenge of a changing climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Floridians who value making their home and family more comfortable and secure

Hardworking families that live month to month are most at risk for not receiving the information and financial resources they need to make their homes more efficient, comfortable, and secure.


Additional Resources 

MEDIA PICK-UPS

 

BLOGS

PRESS STATEMENTS

ACTIONS

SUPPORTER EMAIL TO GOV DESANTIS SUPPORTER EMAIL TO PSC STORY COLLECTION

Email to PSC shareable link: bit.ly/FLEEPSC
Email to Governor DeSantis shareable link: bit.ly/FLEEGOV
Share you story shareable link: bit.ly/fleestory

DOCUMENTS

FACT SHEET TEMPLATE MUNICIPAL RESOLUTION

SOCIAL MEDIA

ENERGY EFFICIENCY VIDEOS (DIGITAL CONTENT TAB)

Post text: #Florida citizens are speaking up about why energy efficiency is important and why the state and utilities can do more. Join other Floridians in raising your voice: bit.ly/FLEEGOV! #NotZero

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Post text: Florida’s largest power companies are proposing ZERO (or close to zero) for #energy savings goals! Tell Gov DeSantis: Zero is NOT a goal! #NotZero #Florida #EnergyEfficiency

 

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Post text: By proposing #energy savings goals of zero, or as close to zero as they can get, #Florida utilities are creating energy waste and leaving savings on the table for their customers — hurting your wallet AND the environment. Gov DeSantis: ZERO is NOT a goal! #EnergyEfficiency #NotZero

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Post text: Tell Gov DeSantis: Don’t approve the utilities’ proposed energy savings goals of ZERO. #Florida families and businesses deserve programs the help reduce #energy use and save money on bills. #NotZero

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Post text: Florida residents pay the 8th highest electric bills in the nation? Hardworking families shouldn’t have to choose between being comfortable in their home or paying for food and medicine. Tell Gov DeSantis to put customers FIRST and help save money for families: bit.ly/FLEEGOV

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While Floridian families are working hard to afford living costs, utility companies are abandoning efforts to help customers reduce energy use and save money on their bills. Tell Gov DeSantis to put customers — not shareholders — FIRST. TAKE ACTION: bit.ly/FLEEGOV

Front Line Community Messaging

Many of the state’s largest power companies are proposing zero, or close to zero for energy savings goals. Zero, or close to zero is not a goal! 

  • These proposed goals, if approved, would effectively eliminate access to utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs for 6.2 million families and businesses – depriving well over half the state’s electricity customers of programs that help them reduce energy use and save money on bills.
  • Weak goals ensure that hard working families won’t get the information or financial resources they need to make their homes more efficient, comfortable, and secure.
  • Cutting energy waste is not only saves money but it’s the cheapest, quickest and cleanest solution in tackling the challenge of a changing climate. 
  • There is a low-income population totaling more than 5 million individuals; 36.8% of the customers of the state’s biggest power companies. These families pay a disproportionate share of their income for energy creating an energy burden – which is a roadblock to moving out of economic hardship and places families at greater risk of negative health effects and increased stress
  • Protecting your wallet is only one of the reasons conserving energy is important. Reducing energy waste will also reduce the emissions from power plants that are threatening our quality of life.

Additional Messaging

Laggards in energy efficiency investment, which could save customers money on their electric bills
Florida’s largest utilities already badly trail leading utilities in the Southeast and throughout the nation in delivering energy savings to customers. Other states invest in energy efficiency because it is the cheapest, cleanest, and fastest way to reduce demand for energy, which in turn reduces bills for all customers. Energy efficiency impacts all Floridians but is especially difficult for low and fixed income customers. In the past, Florida utilities have incentivized customers to invest in energy efficiency measures why are utilities leaving their customers behind, now?

Energy burden + investing in dirty energy – Florida customers pay the 8th highest energy bills in the nation. While customers who are low-income or fixed-income are struggling to pay their bills, utilities are choosing to leave money on the table instead of investing in energy efficiency that could keep money in customers’ pockets. Florida utilities would rather build more power plants that will only end up costing their customers MORE money, instead of taking advantage of energy efficiency measures. 

Climate change is already costly, and costs will continue to rise if investment in fossil fuel continuesFlorida is ground zero for climate change, and utilities should be taking advantage of energy efficiency to not only save their customers money, but also remove the incentive to build new, costly, dirty power plants that will worsen the impacts of climate change for our state. Florida is a leader in solar energy, but in order to maximize the impact of this renewable energy resource, utilities need to implement energy efficiency measures. Florida is squandering its renewable energy goals if the state does not take advantage of energy efficiency. Florida is behind every other state except for Alabama on energy efficiency goals. Florida utilities tout their status as regional leaders in solar, but can’t say the same for energy efficiency.